Artists in the Feast of Sainte-Flavie

Artists in Country Fest of Sainte-Flavie

Every year, the village of Sainte-Flavie comes alive with Artistes en Fête. In the second part of July, painters from the region and from Quebec meet at Artistes en Fête champêtre. Since my studio is located across the road from Rimouski, I have a front row seat to meet the painters who exhibit their work at d’Artistes en Fête. You won’t be surprised to learn that art and painting are at the heart of the conversations.

Small cottage with paintings at d'Artistes en Fête de Sainte-Flavie

Les Maisonnettes

Artistes en Fête stands out from other symposiums in the region because of its many maisonnettes. In all, some thirty small houses are placed around the old presbytery in the heart of Sainte-Flavie. The fact that each artist has his or her own little house gives the impression of visiting several art galleries and artist’s studios, and all this, in a festive atmosphere. Especially not to be forgotten is the generosity of the exhibiting artists. The good mood is also at the appointment. Just a few visits to houses to see.

The inside of a maisonnette

The inside of a cottage

The works on display

There is a very wide variety of paintings on display during Artists in Celebration. Landscapes, abstract art and contemporary paintings. With a selection of over 50 painters with styles all their own, Artistes en Fête champêtre de Sainte-Flavie will satisfy the most varied of art lovers. The photo on the left shows the interior layout of the cottages.

Paintings painted on site

Artistes en Fête is also an open air creative workshop 😉 . You like to watch and share with artists, do not miss this annual appointment. I am still really surprised, and that, every year, of the passion of the participants. It often takes just a smile for the painters to share their passion, their techniques, their paths and all that, while they are making a painting. Admit it, it’s great! So much talent! Quick tip, usually the artists are more active at the beginning of the day. Sculpture by G. Cantin of Sainte-Luce almost buried during winter.

Sculpture by G. Cantin de Sainte-Luce

The Sculptors

There are also sculptors at Artists in Country Fest. If you like ssweepwood carvings, I recommend arriving fairly early. Usually, these kinds of sculptures sell like hotcakes. For my part, I was tempted by a large heron carved from a cedar log. It sits proudly at the entrance to my house. If memory serves, the carver’s name is Gilles Cantin of Sainte-Luce. I think his sculpture is even more beautiful in winter, especially after a good snowfall.

Jean-Pierre Gagnon

A passionate painter